The SIZEWELL B nuclear power station stopped generating electricity on Friday evening following an electrical fault. Turbines 1 and 2 at the site dropped offline at 8.15pm on Friday. Engineers are investigating the precise cause of the fault. “The units are still offline. It was an electic fault that lead to a trip on Friday,” a spokesman for the utility said, without giving a restart date.
National Grid reported nuclear generation in the UK had plummeted to 6.7 GW on Monday from 8.6 GW the previous Monday. Wind power is set to double its energy output to compensate for the nuclear energy shortfall.
EDF wants to build a double reactor on the site next to the Sizewell B reactor which was built in the 1990s. Regulators have given interim approval to the type of reactor planned for the Sizewell C nuclear power station in Suffolk.